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myIDP Science Careers Individual Development Plan

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This is a Free Self-Assessment and Planning Tool for Graduate Students in Science

It is an online career exploration and planning tool that can be a valuable resource for graduate students in the STEM fields. Career planning does not start at the time of graduation, but when students enter their graduate degree program.

For graduate students in the STEM field to explore, early in their graduate education, what career route they might want to pursue post-graduation requires exploring ones interests and developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP). The IDP framework was proposed by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). It then was expanded by AAAS/Science and experts from several universities.

The IDP is a living document, as it should be reviewed at least once per year by the graduate student, and preferably with their graduate faculty advisor/mentor. The IDP should be updated and changed as career plans come into focus. In addition, the IDP should be used to record accomplishments and progress

myIDP (information below taken from website) provides users with:

  • Exercises to help examine their skills, interests, and values.
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones may provide the best fit.
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to stay on track.
  • Articles and resources to guide them through the job search process.

For more information check out this link: http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/